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8:25 PM ET, June 14, 2010


 Top News: 
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
News Corp. Acquires Skiff IP; Buys Stake In Brill And Crovitz Startup  —  Updated: In a doubleheader announcement meant to move the needle on Rupert Murdoch's ambitious paid content plans, News Corp has acquired the Skiff e-reading platform from the Hearst startup and is joining forces …
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
Piers Morgan to replace Larry King in CNN deal  —  Piers Morgan is to replace Larry King, the veteran US interviewer, in a £5.5 million deal with CNN.  —  The Britain's Got Talent judge and former newspaper editor is on the verge of signing a four-year contract to take over King's primetime show in the autumn.
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
CNN denies reports of Larry King replacement
Dan Gillmor / Salon:
Let's subsidize open broadband, not journalists  —  With an open, robust data infrastructure, entrepreneurs will take care of the rest  —  In 1791, James Madison penned a short essay that foretold a long, and ongoing, financial involvement by government in journalism.  Madison said, in part:
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Will citizen journalism pay the bills?  —  Hyperlocal news projects that start tiny have a greater chance of success - but many find themselves with more kudos than cash  —  “Would you trust a citizen brain surgeon?”  This was a common refrain in 2005, as the news industry grappled …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Awl wants to win on the web with great writing, not SEO tricks  —  Generally, when you think of a site launch, there's a pretty standard checklist most people follow.  Pick a niche topic that appeals to a big enough audience to merit selling ads.  Devise a content strategy, whether its writers or aggregation or both.
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Content Is King!  Rest In Peace, Content  —  “Can Tim Armstrong make AOL king of content by 2010?”  - Blog headline  —  If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well / It were done quickly" - Macbeth  —  There's something about the idea of “New York Internet Week” …
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Forbes Co-Editor Paul Maidment Has Resigned  —  Things are starting to get shaken up at Forbes.  —  Paul Maidment, editor of and executive editor of the magazine, has resigned.  Today is his last day.  —  We first reported back in mid-May that Forbes staffers were bracing …
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Forbes to Sell Investopedia
Discussion: paidContent
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
AOL Teams With Jonas Group for MTV-Style Site  —  The next time the Jonas Brothers release an album or announce a tour, they can skip “Entertainment Tonight” and YouTube and go straight to Cambio.  —  Making its debut online on Tuesday, Cambio is the product of a partnership of AOL …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Public Media Joins Forces for One Big Platform  —  NEW YORK — The country's five silos of public radio and television are spilling into each other with a joint program that will allow them - and eventually the public itself — to build apps, stations, websites and other media services combining audio …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
NPR, PBS, APM, PRI And PRX Band Together For Shared Digital Platform
Steve / YouTube Blog:
The YouTube News Feed: What's happening now?  —  Whether it's an altercation between a Congressman and a student in Washington, D.C., violent attacks against ethnic minorities in Kyrgyzstan, or oil washing up on a beach in the Gulf Coast, videos uploaded to YouTube by both amateur reporters …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Online, Mobile Video Scores In World Cup  —  It will be a while before we get the full stats for online and mobile viewing during the FIFA World Cup 2010 but we already know some of the highlights from ESPN (NYSE: DIS) and Univision—and a couple of moments ITV (LSE: ITV) would rather forget:
New York Post:
Abby Sunderland's dad had TV deal as girl risked life at sea  —  By ANITA BENNETT in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and ANNIE KARNI in New York  —  Here's a dose of reality.  —  The father of teen sailor Abby Sunderland told The Post yesterday that he's broke and had signed a contract to do a reality show …
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Women scarce on Sunday shows  —  “If it's Sunday, it's more men wearing dark suits.”  —  So far, none of the five major Sunday morning television news shows has embraced that as a promotional slogan.  But women's advocates — armed with new data showing that the shows are a bastion of male power …
Discussion: TVNewser, Romenesko and WMC Blog
Rupert Murdoch moves towards full BSkyB takeover  —  EXCLUSIVE: Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has made an approach to take full control of BSkyB, the satellite broadcaster in which it owns a 39pc stake, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.  —  British Sky Broadcasting Group
Discussion: Beehive City
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Fellow journalists let Helen Thomas down by not reining her in  —  There she goes again.  —  That was the eye-rolling reaction in the White House pressroom when Helen Thomas would go off on one of her rants about the Middle East.  She had been there for so long, was so admired by female journalists …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: In Dash, a Food Magazine With Help From Condé Nast  —  MEDIA executives are behaving like the cast of “Glee,” belting out their new favorite Broadway tune, “Food, Glorious Food.”  —  Their performance thanks the purveyors of packaged foods that are advertising more as other marketers cut back.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Mineral Miracle?  Or a Massive Information Operation?  —  Were it not for the byline of James Risen, a New York Times reporter currently in a legal battle with the Obama administration over the identity of his sources, a second read of his blockbuster A1 story this morning …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Free Wi-Fi is Just a Small Part of Starbucks' Plan: Free Access to Paid Content Coming Fall 2010  —  Starting July 1st, Starbucks will finally begin to offer free and unrestricted Internet access over Wi-Fi in its stores.  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made this announced at Wired's Disruptive by Design conference today.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Mark Cuban's expands reporting staff  — expands investigative & reporting staff to dig deeper into financial crisis  —  As more banks fail, site adds Pulitzer Prize winners to its team  —  Ann Arbor, Michigan June 11, 2010 The nation's biggest banks …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Fareed Zakaria Thinks The Media Has “All Gone Crazy” Over BP Coverage  —  In a response, of sorts, to James Carville wanting to hit him with a “football bat,” Fareed Zakaria, the CNN host doubled down on his initial comments criticizing Pres. Barack Obama's reaction (for being too strong) to the BP oil disaster.
Sandy Cohen / Associated Press:
Forget the VJ: MTV is looking for a Twitter Jockey  —  LOS ANGELES - Remember the MTV VJ?  That's so two decades ago.  Now the network is looking to hire its first TJ, or Twitter Jockey.  —  MTV officials say the search is on for a new social media maven who will engage with the MTV audience …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Audience Measurement Firms Race To The Finish Line—But Not There Yet  —  Last week, audience measurement firm Quantcast cleared a major hurdle when the Media Ratings Council approved the company's free Quantified Publisher program for accreditation.  It was roughly two years ago that Quantcast …
Discussion: Audience Development
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Google music store could launch this fall  —  With the iTunes' banner waving supremely over the digital music landscape, Google continues to build its own music service.  —  According to multiple music industry sources, Google could launch a music service that offers song downloads and streaming music as early as this fall.
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
Feds Approve Trading of Box-Office Futures  —  Federal regulators on Monday approved a plan by Media Derivatives Inc. to begin trading futures contracts based on box-office revenue, though the film industry has continued to lobby Congress to ban such film-related trading.
Discussion: Company Town
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Andrew Napolitano Comes to Fox Business Network  —  “Welcome to this struggle,” Andrew Napolitano said triumphantly as he wrapped up the first television episode last weekend of his libertarian talk show, “Freedom Watch.”  He saluted the camera and concluded, “From New York, defending freedom, so long America.”
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